New supermarket and more housing offered for Taft Corners

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The first stages of a proposed 7-acre development for Taft Corners – including a new supermarket – will be considered by planners in Williston this month.

Ultimately, the plot at the southwest corner of the crossroads would accommodate new housing, an urban park, the extension of what are today two dead end roads and perhaps a hotel, according to the preliminary projects submitted to the city by the owner-developer. JL Davis Realty / Taft Corners Associates Inc.

The new supermarket, still unnamed, and its 98 parking spaces would occupy a lot north of a Hannaford grocery store – a property also owned by Taft Corners Associates – and about an eighth of a mile west of Shaw’s, through Vermont 2A.

Subsequent developments would require the demolition of three older commercial buildings on the property which currently house the Masonic Center of the Green Mountain, Falcon plumbing service and wiggles, a dog training business, according to the owner’s plans.

The western end of the property, former agricultural land, adjoins the ReSource store on Harvest Lane.

Neighbors directly to the east would include a CVS Pharmacy and a branch of Northfield Savings Bank.

The Williston Development Review Board will discuss the proposal on October 12 in a “pre-application” meeting designed to offer feedback to the developer before a more detailed submission.

Design projects submitted by Andrew Rowe of Essex-based engineers Lamoureux & Dickenson show a long, low-slung structure that would encompass approximately 19,000 square feet.

Commercial development in this designated growth area accompanies recent residential construction at Finney Crossing and Cottonwood Crossing – and anticipates a new development of 300 units nearby.

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Contact reporter Joel Banner Baird at [email protected]


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